By Ed Whitt

Benchley, October 4, 2017

[Sorry, no audio available for this lesson due to technical difficulties. -MRW]

  • First persecution of the church
    • Happened soon after Pentecost
    • Result of Stephen’s stoning
    • Saul eager participant
    • Church was scattered
    • Went everywhere preaching Christ
    • Acts 8:1-8
  • Conversion of Saul
    • Completes the circuit on the Diaspora
    • Paul appointed apostle to the Gentiles
    • Jews are everywhere
    • Paul not first to teach the Gentiles
    • Followed by Christians in some places
    • Paul comes with apostolic authority
    • Acts 11:19-26
    • Acts 13:13-52 – Paul preaches to the Gentiles
  • The religious sects of the Jews
    • A Jew is not a Jew is not a Jew is not …
      • Just being a Jew was not the complete picture
      • Different divisions of beliefs and practices
      • The two major divisions were at odds
      • Unity was only attained via outside pressure
  • The Pharisees
    • “Separated ones”
      • Possibly derogatory term
      • Called themselves “great”
      • Embraced the name “Pharisees” after a time
  • Began in the early Hasmonean Dynasty
    • John Hyrcanus was a Pharisee
    • Lead to the civil war under Alexander Jannaeus
    • Pharisees made gains under Alexandra Salome
  • What did the Pharisees believe?
    • High degree of dedication to law and prophets
    • Held oral traditions as equally important
      • Matthew 15:1-20 – Jesus rebukes their tradition
      • Matthew 23:25-26
      • I Peter 2:4-5 – Our purity is internal, not external.
      • Interpretations by noted rabbis
      • Given and relayed by word of mouth
      • Committed to writing around 70 AD and after

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